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Comment Re:On the other side, a bit looming problem (Score 1) 1116

How do you color the whole issue as him only resigning, when three board members quit over his presence there. That's a lot of pressure from the company.

It looks an awful lot like coercion...

But, isn't it up for him to sue if he feels he did not resign voluntarily? It seems like he probably would not do so.

The problem is, the CEO's job is to be the figurehead for the company. He's not the President -- he's not in an operational position, his sole job is to represent the company to the board and the public. His inability to do so effectively is absolutely grounds for removing him. Its a fine line to walk when you get arcane labor laws into the picture, but the fact is, with the uproar he wasn't capable of doing the singular thing his job exists to do. If he was the President of the company, I doubt he would've been pressured to resign. (Its very much like the laws against things like weight or sex discrimination -- when someone's job is specifically related to their fitness or gender, its been shown repeatedly that laws like these don't apply.)

Comment Re:HIPAA violations? (Score 1) 572

If they do decrypt personal traffic, would they be responsible for any medical data they intercept, thus triggering HIPAA?

Note: this is a gross oversimplification, but accurate relative to this story and what you're asking ...

HIPAA has to do with patient data, not medical data. If you're not a patient of the company doing the deep inspection, then there's no issue, and there's still no issue if you signed an appropriate HIPAA waiver, even if you ARE a patient and the company in question IS a hospital. If you go to HealthVault or some other site with *your* health records in it, and they are decrypting it, that's not HIPAA in the sense you're talking about.

Hell, even if they were shuffling the SSL traffic to a cloud service hosted by a 3rd party to do the scanning, AND you were a patient, AND the 3rd party was decrypting the data, that is just fine as long as the right paperwork is in place between the two companies.

Comment Re:Cars? (Score 2) 255

Remember when Apple was the company that came out with revolutionary new products and the rest of the industry followed them?

Apparently, now it's Google.

(Oh, and who would trust Steve Jobs' company to make their medical devices? Yes I am speaking both to his general approach to ethics, and the circumstances of his death.)

- Not the first smartphone
- Not the first touch phone
- Not the first MP3 player
- Not the first GUI
- Not the first All-In-One
- Not the first platform for media production
- Not the first selling media

Apple's strength was, under Jobs, an impeccable sense of timing to enter the market, and marketing. They were great at making people think they were innovating, and made hundreds of billions doing it. There's nothing wrong with that except that they fundamentally weren't innovating, and they're not so good at the timing or marketing sans Jobs.

Google, on the other hand, is a train wreck of a company in desperate need of Ritalin. They throw large sums of money at ideas, other companies, and markets and pretty much nothing sticks except the things that drive more ad revenue. Things wither and die on the vine, and eventually are shed when the next shift in upper-management power comes along.

Comment Re:Sorry, it's horribly insecure, (Score 1) 731

The signature has never been intended to be a form of identification, which is why Visa and MC tell merchants not to require or ask for it for small purchases

Chip+PIN was never brought to the US for one simple reason -- it slows down transactions. That's why the major networks are all requiring *less* signatures, not more. They want it to be super fast to swipe your card and go.

Chip+Signature eliminates the vast majority of credit card fraud, without a change in people's behavior or experience. Skimming and cloning, or large scale theft like Target had are eliminated. There's very little real fraud that happens with people physically stealing a card.

Comment Re:Better late.... (Score 1) 731

The anti-counterfeiting technology implementation for currency was delayed, in part, by lobbying companies involved in vending.

Increased expenditures for new card readers and technology has been rebuffed universally because the retailers aren't typically the ones out of the cash when a fraudulent credit card is used.

The Target breach was a large enough embarrassment to light the fuel under the motivational bonfire.

Except the transition dates were laid out over a year ago. Has absolutely nothing to do with Target.

Comment Re:Sorry, it's horribly insecure, (Score 2) 731

In practice, it is far more secure to use a written signature than a 4-digit password that is exposed to eavesdroppers, video cameras, interception devices and a plethora of other attacks. That's secure for the person, you understand: it prevents the bank from saying "you must have lost your pin".

Which is okay, as US cards are going Chip+Signature, not Chip+PIN.

Comment Re:Occam's (Score 1) 180

Sometimes a rock is just a rock, could had ended there because winds, a chain reaction caused by the rover, even a small asteroid hitting the planet and spreading pebbles around is easier to happen than life forms moving it.

The one thing it couldn't be is wind -- air is far too thin. Dust moves, but even in massive wind, bigger rocks wont.

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